November 22nd, 2016

HP Named 2017 Sustainable Vendor Partner of the Year, for Ink Cartridge Recycling and More.

We have SO many great GreenDeal vendors at London Drugs, it’s always a near-impossible choice to pick just one to recognize. But HP has really gone above and beyond in the electronics sustainability world.

The Best Ink Cartridge Recycling Program

HP has developed a mechanized process to disassemble their ink cartridges and  recycle the material, so that plastic from every HP cartridge returned gets included in new cartridges. Watch the video below as London Drugs Computers Merchandise Manager Cedric Tetzel explains how the program works.

Design for Recycling and ‘Closing the Loop’.

HP puts extra effort into the design of their electronics, so that they use recycled plastic in their manufacture, and are easier to disassemble and recycle at the end of their usable life. 48% of new commercial desktop products contained greater than 10% post-consumer recycled plastic content.

HP does a great job of measuring and reducing their impact world-wide.

The company has already achieved their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 20% by 2020, (compared to 2010) They also scored 100/A for the second consecutive year in the CDP Climate disclosure and performance scores – the highest possible rating. HP scored a ‘Perfect 10’ for corporate social responsibility in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2016. They also have initiatives to benefit communities, workers and reduce deforestation.

Congratulations, HP – you are the REAL Green Deal!

July 3rd, 2016

Made from Milk Jugs! Play a Little Greener This Summer with Green Toys

Looking for some more sustainable toys that can also teach the little ones a thing or two about recycling? Take a look at the Green Toys line. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, these great looking vehicles are bright, durable and perfect for the beach or playground.

Green Toys ScooperThe toys are made from recycled milk jugs (#5 PP plastic) and packaged in recycled (and recyclable) cardboard cartons printed with soy inks. They also contain no glues, screws or paint.

According to their website, every pound of recycled milk jugs used to create a Green Toys product saves enough energy to power 3,000 AAA batteries, a TV for 3 weeks or a laptop computer for a whole month.

The Recycling Truck is the star of their video, but the line also includes the Dumper, Scooper, Tug Boat and Helicopter.

So grab some Green Toys and head for the sandbox. And don’t forget to recycle your milk jug!

Green Toys Recycle Truck

March 16th, 2016

Recycle at London Drugs and you could win one of 40 pairs of free tickets to Eco Fashion Week.

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Clear out your recyclables and green up your fashion sense at the same time. Drop off accepted recycling items to Customer Service at any Lower Mainland London Drugs location between March 25th and April 1st  and you will receive a ballot* to enter to win a pair of tickets for Eco Fashion Week.(*1 ballot entry per day, per person – see full location list below)

Its the 10th edition of this industry-leading event, where you can learn about ethically-sourced clothing, up-cycled fabrics, natural fabrics, stunning sustainable design and more. Visit the Eco Fashion Week website for full details about this year’s exciting events.

So what can you recycle at your local London Drugs? Bring in any of the following recyclables to Customer Service and ask for your ballot:

  • Small Appliances
  • Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  • Insurance plastic folders

Want to know more about what you can recycle with us and where it goes? Check out the recycling section on greendeal.ca.

Last year, London Drugs customers who dropped off their recycling contributed to over 11.5 million pounds of waste being diverted from landfills. That’s good green style!

Participating London Drugs Locations:

  • West Broadway – 525 West Broadway
  • Broadway & Vine – 2230 West Broadway
  • Olympic Village – 1622 Salt Street
  • Granville & Georgia – 710 Granville St.
  • Robson Street – 1187 Robson Street
  • Davie Street – 1650 Davie Street
  • Hastings & Abbott Street – 351 Abbott Street
  • Kerrisdale – 2091 W 42nd Avenue
  • 41st & Victoria – 5639 Victoria Drive
  • East Hastings – 2585 East Hastings St.
  • Park Royal North – 875 Park Royal North
  • Wessex – Kingsway – 3328 Kingsway Avenue
  • North Vancouver – 2032 Lonsdale Ave
  • Brentwood Town Centre – 4567 Lougheed Hwy
  • London Plaza – 5971 No.3 Road
  • 5000 Kingsway Plaza – 4970 Kingsway Avenue
  • Marine Way and Byrne – 7280 Market Crossing
  • Ironwood Plaza – 11666 Steveston Hwy
  • Westminster Centre – 555-6th Street
  • Lougheed Town Centre – 9855 Austin Avenue
  • Trenant Park Mall – 5237 – 48th Avenue
  • London Station – 10348 King George Boulevard
  • Scott 72 Mall – 7303 – 120th Street
  • Coquitlam Centre – 2929 Barnet Highway
  • Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street
  • Cloverdale – 17685 – 64th Avenue
  • Peninsula Village Mall – 15355 – 24th Avenue
  • Morgan Crossing – 15850 26th Ave.
  • Valley Fair Mall – 22709 Lougheed Hwy
  • Garibaldi Village Squamish – 40282 Glenalder Place
  • Langley – 20202 – 66th Ave.
  • Gibsons – 900 Gibsons Way

September 11th, 2013

Making new printer cartridges out of old ones. How HP closes the loop on printer cartridge manufacturing.

What happens to all those little printer cartridges that you bring back to London Drugs for recycling? It’s hard to imagine taking them all apart and making new ones out of the raw material, but in HP’s case (at least with some of the cartridges returned) that’s exactly what they do! Check out the video to see the process in action.

Through their Planet Partners initiative, HP offers free cartridge return and recycling in over 50 countries worldwide. Cartridges are sent to regional HP Planet Partners plants, sorted and prepared for recycling. This can involve shredding or disassembly – a new innovation for HP. Labels, lids, foam, metal and plastic bodies are separated. Metals can be smelted and reused and plastics become raw material for new cartridges.

Last year alone, HP used 15 million lbs of recycled plastic to manufacture new cartridges – from those returned to HP Planet partners, plus other sources like water bottles. Since 1997 more than 210 million HP cartridges have been returned for recycling, and HP has produced more than 1 billion cartridges using recycled material, including 1.5 billion recycled water bottles. Visit the HP website to find out more.

No matter what kind of cartridges you use, please return them to London Drugs for recycling. Because, as HP says, protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility.

March 6th, 2012

What’s better then recycling? UPcycling! Level Ground makes discarded coffee bags into something better.

The dreaded coffee bag. It must keep roasted beans fresh, while allowing gasses to escape. The world’s finest eco-coffee minds have yet to come up with a viable recyclable option for this critical part of the bean’s journey to your cup.

So how about making it into another product entirely? That’s the idea behind UPCYCLING.
Level Ground Trading, a Victoria, BC based coffee roaster, has created a program to collect used coffee bags from their customers and have them made into stylish bags by Work Of Your Hand, an organization that helps artisans from developing nations find dignity and self-worth through work that pays fair wages. In an over-the-top example of supply-chain transparency, each bag even comes with a short bio on the person who sewed it.

In 2011, Level Ground collected the equivalent of 24,000 packages weighing 926 lbs. Of course, shipping the bags back and forth to the Phillipines has its own set of environmental issues, but the effort, social benefits and beautiful results from this program are definitely worth supporting. The finished bags are property of Work Of Your Hand and they can be sold as they wish (they are obligated to conduct all of their business practices according to the 10 Fair Trade standards outlined by the WFTO) 
If you would like one of these unique works of craft, they can be can be purchased directly from Level Ground by e-mailing orders@levelground.com

So buy some Level Ground coffee at London Drugs, and keep that bag out of your own waste stream. It has a better life ahead.

How reclamation works:

  • Buy your Level Ground Coffee at London Drugs
  • Save your Level Ground coffee package
  • Return it to a Reclamation Station – (find one here)
  • Level Ground will send it to www.workofyourhand.com
  • Work of Your Hand will convert the package into crafts and accessories.